Hi, sweet friends! Yesterday I shared on my IG Stories that I started the tattoo removal process and I received a whole lot of questions about ALL of it! So, today I’m sharing why I’m getting my tattoos removed and answering your FAQs…
I have 5 tattoos in total:
– A star on my right foot that I got when I was 18 years old and a Freshman in college. That one stays. I love it because of what it represents – independence, freedom and courage.
– Yes, I have a tramp stamp. (That’s not what they’re called anymore though, right? That can’t be PC.) It’s a design that I used to doodle all the time in college, and so obviously I needed to have it on my body permanently. *eye roll* This one is coming off.
– I have “faith” in a pretty gothic font on my left wrist. Although its bigger than I would like, I’m keeping it. I got it when I lived in Atalanta in my early 20s, when I didn’t know more than 2 or 3 people in the whole city. I felt so alone and that tattoo reminded me that I wasn’t.
– A Greek cross on the back of my neck. You might be thinking: “Suz! I didn’t know you’re Greek!” I’m not. I didn’t know it was a Greek cross. I just thought it was pretty, so I bought a Greek cross necklace. And then decided to get it tattooed on my body. Oops. This one is coming off. I actually don’t totally mind the whole Greek thing, but I don’t like the look of it on the back of my neck anymore.
– As seen in the pic above, “grace” on my right wrist. I’ve always hated this tattoo. Literally the moment he was finished with it, I looked at it and knew it had to go one day. I hated how it’s not symmetrical. The G is way too big and the letters look…mean. I have just always hated it.
Long story short(ish), I always knew I wanted to get a few of my tattoos removed. Because the last 10 years have been all about getting married and having 3 babies, my little plan was put on the back burner.
I did some research and found a tattoo removal place that had great reviews and uses the PicoWay laser, which is what my Dermatologist recommended. I called yesterday morning, intending to make an appointment for a consultation. They could see me in a few hours, so I made the appointment.
I had no idea what to expect, and if I would start the removal process immediately. I was open to it since my schedule is crazy and fitting these things in isn’t the easiest.
When I was in the chair and heard how long the tattoo removal process takes, I decided to go for it. She said my tattoos will require anywhere from 6-12 sessions, waiting 6 weeks between each session. You guys, this is a LONG process.
She zapped my left wrist, back of my neck and lower back tattoos. Each tattoo took 30 seconds max, so it’s much, much quicker than getting the tattoo.
I would be a horrible friend if I didn’t warn you about the PAIN. Oh, the pain. She warned me that it feels like a rubber band snapping on my skin. She was right, but she forgot the part about the rubber band being ON FIRE. Holy shit, did it hurt. But it was only for 30 seconds, so by the time I felt like I was going to die, she was done.
The recovery is easy – I just have to ice it and use hydrocortisone for the next 5 days. And in 6 weeks, I go back for another session.
A lot of you asked about the cost, which I totally get. It’s definitely an investment. I decided to buy a package for the three tattoos, rather than removing one a time. For my 3 tattoos and for as many sessions as it takes to remove each one, it’s $2200.
I’ll be sure to share the process along the way, along with update photos. Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions that I didn’t answer!
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